Tim Leonhart was born in Grand Junction Colorado, he grew up on the pool deck watching his father Dale Leonhart, a local swim Coach Legend and his mother Karen Leonhart teaching swim lessons.
Throughout Tim’s early years swimming was part of his life not unlike walking, the water was second nature to him, a driving force motivating him to pursue swimming to the next level at the University of Utah. Alongside his older brother Will, assistant coach at the University of Alabama, he learned the professional side of Swimming.
Tim played many team sports as a child which helped mold his philosophy that places winning in perspective and drives children to love the sport and have fun, rather than just the end result.
Although his coaching in Utah at the time was only temporary, the love for the sport remained. After graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Utah, Tim spent a year away from coaching but it wasn’t long until the swim world came calling and he was offered a job to work on Grand Cayman as the Head Age Group Coach for Stingray Swim Club. Under his management the age group program continued to succeed and produce fantastic results. Working alongside David Pursley he learned how to develop a team from learn to swim foundational levels all the way up to Cayman Olympians. The small island competitive environment allowed for extensive travel opportunities and international experience. From Jamaica his first week as coach, Tim’s calling as a coach was proven by the immediate influence he had on the kids. Overseas meets were expected and he sent multiple athletes to The CARIFTA Games (Caribbean Free Trade Association) within his first year with the program. His athletes went on to gain invaluable experience which lead to multiple national records and international medals.
Now Tim is back coaching in Utah with a family of his own, working to create a legacy that he hopes one day will rival his brother, currently coaching at University of Alabama, and father, still coaching in Colorado for Loveland Swim Club.
Ian T Clarke
Senior Age Group Coach
Ian Clarke grew up swimming competitively in Colorado before he was recruited to the University of Utah collegiate swimming program. He began swimming with his club team at the age of 7, following in the footsteps of his older siblings. Ian has numerous pool records all over Colorado Springs and a school record at Rampart High School. In high school, Ian obtained multiple Junior National qualifying times in the IM's, breaststroke, and distance freestyle. In the 2014-2015 season, he acquired a NCAA B standard in the 400 IM.
Ian began his coaching experience in the summer of 2013 with Swim Utah. He began coaching the age group swimmers because that is where his lesson teaching experience was applicable. Under the direction and mentorship of Coach Mark Gray he became a major part of the development within the senior group in September of 2015.
Ian is currently attending the University of Utah to earn a degree in Business Management by 2018. Ian is in the process of completing an internship program with Swim Utah. He is ambitious to continue his education about organizational behavior, human emotions, and swimming mechanics. Ian is also in the process of pursuing his ASCA certifications. In his free time, he likes to do many outdoor activities including mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and skateboarding.
Dawson B Whitaker
Age Group Coach
Coach, Dawson B. Whitaker is currently a senior in his undergrad studying Economics at Westminster College. He volunteers regularly at Hawthorne Elementary school through the nonprofit America Reads. Currently he works multiple jobs including being a coach for Swim Utah. His other jobs include swim class instructor at Westminster, where he also teaches private and group lessons. He is also a reception attendant for the Eccles, Health & Athletics Center at Westminster.
Dawson is Vice President of the club NAMI on Campus (National Alliance for Mental Illness), and is also an officer of Westminster’s Entrepreneurship Club. He is originally from Liberal, KS. Where he was homeschooled at Benton Academy with his other five siblings. Played Sports, mainly basketball & swimming, basketball for the FBS Falcons & swimming through S.W.A.T.(Southwest Aquatics Team).
His swim background starts at age 4 when he learned to swim. At age six he joined S.W.A.T. and competed with the team through age 18. During his senior year Dawson was made one of the Assistant Coaches of the team. After graduation, he continued to coach up until moving to Utah for school.
In his spare time, Dawson loves to ski and hike. Is a fantasy and superhero fanatic. Plays guitar & piano adamantly. And his ideal day is spending it with his closest friends and family.
Age Group Coach
Tami Johnson joined the University of Utah coaching staff in August 2012. During Johnson's first season with the Utes, she coached the breast and fly groups to five individual NCAA `B' cuts and a school record in the 200 breast. She was a part of the 2012-2013 Utah coaching staff that had three individual NCAA qualifiers and set 12 new school records.
Prior to coming to Utah, Johnson was an Age Group Site Coach with the Bluefish Swim Club from 2006-2012. During this time, she enjoyed watching the development of the swimmers and the growth of the site from 5 to 50+.
Johnson also started a Masters group while at Bluefish and worked under USA National Team coach and Bluefish owner, Chuck Batchelor, who has led many swimmers to national and international success.
Johnson grew up swimming for Schroeder YMCA in Brown Deer, Wis. and was a Junior National qualifier as well as part of the team that captured the YMCA Spring National Women's Championship in 1999. She later went on to coach Senior, Age Group, and Masters groups at Schroeder from 2004-2006.
In the summer of 2006, Johnson coached at the Paralympic World Champ Trials with one of the Schroeder athletes.
A 2005 graduate of Iowa State University, Johnson received Academic All-Big 12 honors and graduated 4.0 Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Marketing.
Age Group Coach
Treasa competed collegiately for the University of Utah Swim Team. She was recruited to swim for the Utes from Minnesota. While swimming in Minnesota she was a six-time All-American and six-time letter winner. She still holds numerous school records at Roseville Area High School. She began swimming competitively at the age of 8 and swam with both the Twin Cities Swim team and the Aquajets Swim Team in Minnesota.
?Treasa has been a coach and counselor for the University of Utah swim camps for the past three years. She received a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Family Studies. She is currently teaching First Grade at Copper Hills Elementary School in Magna.